“Shifting Focus”

Serpentine Galleries

“Shifting Focus,” an exhibition of photographic work by 16 artists, neither claims to be a survey, nor in any specific way to be representative of current photography by women. What it offers instead is the opportunity to consider diverse practices that are not reducible to the common denominator of gender. Having said that, the overriding concern of the work does seem to be patterns of perception as seen in the light of sexual difference. It is the merit of this exhibition and the accompanying catalogue essay by Susan Butler to suggest and emphasize such a reading, with all the complications that it entails.

Individual works negotiate the relationship between the particular fascinations and seductions of the photographic image and the formal means employed with varying degrees of complexity. Yve Lomax juxtaposes photographs bearing different pictorial conventions—film stills, pictures from

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